The Biz Box

The Biz Box is a platform from which industry and business experts can share thoughts and opinions on how best to be successful in today’s marketspace.

Fantastic, the finance dashboards! But is the data any good?

Written by Michiel Beek on . Posted in Financials

Swype, zoom-in, slice and dice; who doesn’t want to have a beautiful new financial dashboard at their fingertips? That’s how you make an impact in the boardroom as a financial leader. Unless, of course, the data underneath the pretty graphics wasn’t quite as clean as you thought it was. Anyone using analytics dashboards is thus well served by not assuming anything, taking responsibility for the quality of the master data behind all financial reporting. If that is fully in order, then you’ll be equipped to make the most of these powerful tools.

ERP – rise of the consumerized machines

Written by Jarno van Hurne on . Posted in Financials

From new graduates to today’s middle-thirty-somethings entering more senior positions, the volume of professionals who learned their IT through Facebook and Google is growing fast. In fact, it won’t be long before they’re the serious majority. Importantly though, what they’re saying and doing is already telling. Quite simply, they’re not prepared to have to manage their business lives with hundreds of clicks on archaic green screens born before ‘User Experience’ existed.

Consolidation – going beyond the misleading spreadsheet

Written by Robêrt de Gier on . Posted in Financials

The later in- and external parties get their hands on trustworthy year, quarter and other important reports, the less they are able to do with that information. That’s created significant pressure on organizations to deliver quality, transparent information within an increasingly short time frame. That’s not easy though. With the financial consolidation process long and labour intensive, how to get back in the financial driving seat?

5 steps: taking your IT smoothly into the cloud

Written by Richard Francis on . Posted in Business

As entrepreneur, you want to move with the times, making use of the latest technology to empower your business. But you also want to be sure that the new technology is really going to make a valuable contribution. Included in that is a move to the cloud, the technology of the future when it comes to running business software. You want to make sure that it’s really going to deliver what you expect. What exactly is that though? What are the requirements and conditions for a move to the cloud? Getting the details of the situation clear isn’t always easy.

The 5 biggest advantages of mobile hour entry

Written by Michiel Bos on . Posted in Services

Consultants register, on average, 15% fewer hours than they’ve actually spent with their customers (Source: M&C (in Dutch)). That’s a obviously not ideal from a financial perspective, creating a pressing need to make hour registration simpler for the consultant. The solution? Mobile apps. Here we go into detail, looking at the 5 most important benefits for adopting hour registration via the smartphone.

How do you calculate the ROI for HRM software?

Written by Justus van Hoegee on . Posted in Business

Employees, managers and HRM departments can all benefit from dedicated HRM solutions, particularly in the SMB sector. However, every investment needs to be backed up by a solid business case for the people controlling the purse strings. Unfortunately, many HR managers struggle to accurately pin down what the realistic return on investment for HR software will look like.

Why talent management programs fail to deliver

Written by Justus van Hoegee on . Posted in Business

A lot is said and written about talent management and the programs that companies set up within their talent development strategy. But what do these programs actually deliver in practice? It’s important to ask yourself what exactly it is that you want to achieve in making use of your company's best young human resources. It’s likely that an extensive program is not the best way of achieving the desired results. What is important is to know what your people need for their ongoing development, and that the information is then properly recorded and managed. That may in itself be enough.

The Internet of Things – Is it a game changer?

Written by Auke Hylarides on . Posted in Manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT) is hotter than ever. Barely a day goes by that we don’t see a new innovative application of the technology in an unexpected setting. The possibilities seem almost endless, and if you don’t get in now, you’re likely to do all your competitors a favor. And faster than you think. In short, time for action!